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For the Love of Hass

For the Love of Hass

Hass avocados on a cutting board

I LOVE avocados! Well…I love Hass avocados. I was surprised to learn that there are many different types of avocados, and I’ve only tried two: Hass and the Florida avocado.

To my further surprise, the Hass (rhymes with class) avocado is also known as Haas (rhymes with Hoss), which is what I have always called it. It was Mr. Rudolph Hass, a California postman that planted the first seed of its kind in the late 1920s. His attempts to graft it with another variety did not work out, and he was going to chop the tree down. With pleas from his family, consumers, and grocers, Mr. Hass changed his mind. In 1935 after great success with growing and sales, he obtained a patent on the Hass avocado. You can read more about it here.

The Florida avocado is easily the larger of the two and doesn’t impress me much. The texture tends to be mushy and watery, and I find them to be less flavorful. My parents loved them, and they would remove the pit and fill the hole in the center with a big ole’ scoop of mayonnaise! Ugh. It gagged me then; it gags me now.

Back to Hass. Did you know that people who eat avocados tend to be healthier? Avocados have many healthy properties and are quite the popular source of good fats, too. According to an article by Kris Gunnars, BSc, Haas seems to be the more popular variety. And they have a pretty cool nickname: alligator pear. They definitely have the shape of a pear and bumpy, rough skin just like a gator.

Did you know that avocados are fruits? They have a seed or pit, which therefore makes them a fruit and not a vegetable. This little fruit is just full of goodness! Avocados are known as superfoods because of all the nutrients they provide. Let’s take a closer look.

All varieties of avocados are nutritious and contain much the same nutrients. In addition to being a good source of healthy fat, avocados provide vitamins C, E, and B, folic acid, and have more potassium than bananas. These creamy little guys also have 7g of fiber. Awesome! Even though fiber itself is indigestible, it plays an important role in the process of digestion where it loads up the bad stuff and takes it out of the body.

By the way, here are a few little known facts about avocados: 1) as I mentioned, they are actually a fruit; 2) they may be eaten with any vegetables or fruits; and 3) they will digest at the same rate as whatever fruits and veggies they are consumed with. So if you eat an avocado with a salad that digests in about two and a half hours, the avocado will digest in that amount of time, too. When pairing an apple that digests within about an hour with an avocado, the avocado is going to digest right along with the apple. Cool, huh?

Kris goes on to point out many additional and surprising benefits of eating avocados, including lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, arthritis relief, better nutrient absorption from plant foods, weight loss, and even antioxidants that provide protection for the eyes. You can read the whole article here.

One of the most popular ways to consume avocados is, of course, guacamole. I LOVE guacamole! Let me share with you one of my preferred guac recipes! It’s great to serve with chips or crackers, but you can also smear some on your favorite veggie wrap, plop a spoonful on top of your favorite vegan chili or soup, and try it instead of sour cream on your next baked potato.

I have read that you can eat the seed of the avocado, although I have neither tried it nor do I really want to. It’s only a little less enticing to me than the thought of eating kiwi skin, but some people do that. Most of the studies have been done with rats and mice rather than humans, and while some benefits have been uncovered, the safety factor and possible health benefits remain unknown. For now, the general recommendation is to not eat the avocado pit.

You can plant it, though! It is really simple, and we did it all the time when I was growing up. We never actually planted the seeds after they sprouted and grew for a while, but they were always fun to watch, and they make a pretty little plant. HGTV gives detailed instructions with pictures here, complete with what to expect.

The skinny on avocados is pretty simple: eat them; they’re healthy! Plain, in a salad, blended into a smoothie; on top of a cake, and you can even make chocolate pudding with these little gators, and no one will be the wiser. It’s a great way to sneak healthy foods into your family meals. So go ahead and enjoy your favorite variety of avocado today. Better yet, make something delicious and share the recipe with us!(or post it here, or however we set it up.) Enjoy! 

*One important note: avocados are healthy, yes; high in fat? YES! So enjoy these guys in moderation. I try to eat half of one most every day. I’ve also got a recipe that’s real simple and doesn’t require a lot of prep time. You can check that out here.

What is CBD? Why Should You Care?

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Curry Powder Power

Curry Powder Power

Curry Powder Food Health
Ahhh, my favorite spice. It has the most delicious, complex flavor and amazing aroma of all spices. Little did I know just how jam-packed this tasty sensation is with numerous super beneficial elements!

Curry powder is most commonly associated with East Indian cuisine, but it is widely used in many cultures. For the longest time I thought that curry powder was just, well…curry powder! It surprised me to discover that it is a mixture of numerous spices like turmeric, cumin, coriander, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, mustard seeds, and depending on where in the world it is made, it may contain dried red chilies, sweet basil, and red pepper. These are some of the most common ingredients, and while they each have their own health benefits, there are two that are commonly studied: turmeric and curcumin.


A member of the ginger family, turmeric comes from the root of the curcuma longa plant. It is responsible for the yellow color in curry powder (and yellow mustard). It has shown effectiveness in treating all sorts of ailments and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years to treat inflammation and other related conditions. Turmeric has hundreds of potential side benefits, rather than the more known-to-be harmful side effects that pharmaceuticals have. When used in conjunction with turmeric, black pepper, which has its own wonderful benefits, enhances the bioavailability of turmeric.


Curcumin is a naturally occurring compound that is found in turmeric. An abstract published in “Anticancer Research” in January 2003 noted that extensive research during the past 50 years has indicated that curcumin can both prevent and treat cancer. Packed with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it is the most active component of turmeric. Studies are being conducted on curcumin on a regular basis. According to University of Washington’s integrative oncology information for clinicians, “It has become one of the most widely studied botanicals in the research on cancer. It’s safe for human consumption, and is recommended as anti-cancer therapy and to prevent cancer recurrences.” Curcumin’s anti-cancer potential comes from its ability to slow down the spread of a wide variety of tumor cells.” Isn’t nature amazing?

According to this article written by Sayer Ji of Green Med info, some of the most amazing demonstrated properties include:

Green Med info is a great health and wellness resource; I highly recommend you check them out.

Numerous supplements of both turmeric and curcumin are now available in many health-food stores and online. As with any supplement, it is advisable to check with your physician before making any additions or changes to your diet and/or medications. Any food is always best in its original, natural state with as little processing as possible.

When you have a little time, take a look through some of the references here, or just Google turmeric and curcumin for further articles and research.

Make Your Own Curry Powder

For me, measuring and mixing can be quite therapeutic. So here’s a pretty straight-forward recipe with ingredients that should be easy to find. Finding readymade curry powder in stores is usually no problem, if you prefer to go that route. It goes without saying but I’ll say it anyway…buy organic whenever possible.

So as you can see, curry powder is packed with health benefits in addition to its scrumptious flavor and aroma, and we’ve talked about only two of the many ingredients! If you are a fan of East Indian cuisine, you are likely a curry powder fan. One of my most favorite ways to enjoy it is in soups. Lentils and curry powder – a match made in heaven.

Maybe you already make your own curry powder, or have a your own favorite go-to curry dish. If you’d like to share your recipe, send it to me and I’ll post it. Just be sure to include all of the ingredients and instructions, and a picture of the finished product too. As always, feel free to email me with comments, questions, or just to say howdy!

Sources and further info:

A site dedicated to turmeric

Dr. Michael Greger’s free site jam packed with tons of valuable info

Check out Dr. Weil’s article for information on possible drug interactions and other precautions with turmeric.

LiveStrong website with a plethora of health info.

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Plant-Based Body Mind Spirit

Plant-Based Body Mind Spirit


I love discovering and experimenting with new foods and ingredients. I’ve always enjoyed being in the kitchen and trying out new recipes, especially appetizers, desserts, and fancy little hors d’oeuvres for parties and just hanging out with friends. Having a new awesome recipe is a great excuse for bringing people together, too!

I am totally tuned in to the importance of whole body health: you know ~ body, mind, and spirit and the unmistakable connection between them. Just a few years ago, people would’ve thought it crazy to imagine such a thing. Now just look at all of the books, websites, magazines, summits, webinars, courses, and the list goes on and on. How can what you think, eat and believe have anything to do with the other aspects? Seems there really is something to it.

For close to seven years, I’ve been living a plant-based lifestyle; however, most of my meals have been cooked. My immediate and long-term goals are to move to more raw, living foods: roughly 80-95%. The health benefits that come from eating uncooked, organic plant foods are numerous.

Not only are more doctors paying attention, but many even agree that just maybe there are some effective alternatives to drugs, surgery, and yes…even death in a lot of cases…and that a plant-based diet might contribute some real benefit. In fact, many doctors are making significant lifestyle changes themselves as well as recommending that their patients do the same. I see this as real progress, and it encourages me to continue on my living foods expedition. It truly is a journey – a daily one.

Don’t just take my word for it. Do your own research, and come up with your own conclusions. Here are a couple of places for you to start:

Great article by Ronna Corlin

If you are a Twitter user, I love this guy!

This site is one of my absolute favorites, as is Dr. Greger. is awesome!

So, how about you? Where are you in your food life and health journey? Do you find certain areas in which you struggle more than others?

Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns you might have. I’m here to help! You can also post your thoughts or comments on the Facebook page.

Till next time.